[FUNDED] SPRINGS: Reducing the impact of climate change on diarrheal diseases

An international, interdisciplinary, and intersectoral consortium led by Dr. Vannessa Harris from the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and Amsterdam UMC acquired funding to addresses the escalating risks of waterborne diarrheal diseases due to global warming and climate extremes by informing crucial climate, environmental, and health adaptation policies. The SPRINGS project includes case studies in Europe and Africa, with the aim to learn from each other and understand risks and potential interventions in different contexts. Fundament supported the consortium in developing an attractive proposal with clear pathways towards real-world impact.


Funding programme: Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Action
Duration: January 2024 – December 2028
Total budget: 6,5 M€
Consortium: 16 consortium members in 10 countries
Coordinator: AIGHD / Amsterdam UMC

Showcase of a successful project

Globally, diarrhea is the third largest cause of death for children under 5. Climate change, driving increased flooding and droughts, threatens the progress made in reducing the burden of diarrheal disease over the past decades. Improved, future-proof interventions are thus needed.

The SPRINGS project brings together a broad range of experts: climate experts, engineers, public health experts, anthropologists and health economists. Through modelling and case studies in Ghana, Tanzania, Italy, and Romania, the project will measure the impact of climate change on local water quality and quantity, and diarrheal disease outcomes. It also focuses on engaging individuals and communities to improve risk communication and ownership. Finally, the project will design economic appraisal structures with policymakers to assess the economic impact and value of planetary health interventions to prevent climate-related diarrheal disease outbreaks.

Ultimately, SPRINGS will enhance integrated climate and health surveillance, create climate-resistant water supply systems, and prioritise interventions to prevent climate-induced diarrheal disease. This will help improve long-term adaptive capacity and climate resilience in Europe and beyond, preventing unnecessary illness and deaths from waterborne diarrheal diseases.

What Vanessa says about our support:

“Fundament was a true pleasure to work with, providing framework and structure, content review, and encouragement exactly when it was needed.”

Read more about our support in preparing strong proposals.


Author: Neeltje Peters

Co-founder and Research Funding Professional at Fundament.

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